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Award-winning author Cristina Rivera-Garza will lead a free writing workshop for adults and children ages 10 and older on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center in Auburn.

Participants in the workshop, “Community and Memory: Writing in Between Generations,” will discover, translate and update poems in English and Spanish based on personal experience. Families, especially with Hispanic backgrounds, are encouraged to attend the workshop together. Knowledge of Spanish is not required to participate.

Cristina Rivera-Garza is currently serving as the Daniel F. Breeden Eminent Scholar in the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University and she is the director of the Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing at the University of California, San Diego. A native of Mexico, she is the author of six novels, three collections of short stories, five collections of poetry and three non-fiction books. She is the recipient of the Roger Caillois Award for Latin American Literature and the only author who has won the International Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize twice.

Refreshments and writing supplies will be provided. For more information on the workshop, contact Giovanna Summerfield at